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Dr Sunil Mitra Kumar
Sunil Kumar

Dr Sunil Mitra Kumar

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Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research subject areas

  • Economics

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Dr Sunil Kumar is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the King's India Institute. Before joining King’s, Sunil received his PhD in economics from the University of East Anglia, MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and BA in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Before embarking on his PhD, he worked for the Social Initiatives Group of ICICI Bank, an erstwhile major funder of non-profit activities in India. From 2011 to 2014, he jointly developed and taught a short course on impact evaluation at the University of East Anglia's School of International Development, and has taught a short version of this for the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills.


  • Causal inference and microeconometrics, especially using observational data such as household surveys
  • Conceptualising and measuring discrimination
  • Economic development and household decisions, particularly in the context of India

Sunil is an empirical microeconomist and is interested in causal inference, both in terms of theoretical concepts as well as through statistical analysis. The majority of his research uses econometric analysis of survey data to understand household behaviour in emerging economies. As part of this, he also studies caste-based discrimination in the Indian context, and he's interested in conceptual frameworks for discrimination more generally.



PhD supervision

Sunil welcomes PhD/MRes students looking to research India-related issues.

Further details

See Sunil's research profile